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Osprey Nebula Back Pack
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If we're being honest, the pack we reach for most often probably isn't accompanying us to a mountain summit-it's escorting us to the office or following us to class. (With a mountain of work waiting for us.) But that doesn't mean it shouldn't have the same dedication to fit, durability, comfort and function. Thoughtful features simplify your daily routine, and a soft, breathable backpanel and harness help make shouldering your daily essentials pleasant. Keep your belongings organized and easily accessible with a front-panel mesh pocket, internal storage and a TSA-approved laptop sleeve. Top and bottom compression straps help reduce volume and stabilize your load, while easy-to-reach side pockets hold your water bottle. Going for a spin or hike to unwind after work? The Nebula will be just as happy on your local trails as you are.
- TSA friendly laptop pocket
- Front panel stretch mesh pocket
- Upper side compression straps with tuckaway garage
- Lower compression straps
- Front panel organization pocket with key clip
- Heat embossed scratch-free slash pocket
- Dual stretch mesh water bottle pockets
- Loop for blinky light attachment (light not included)
- Padded 15" laptop sleeve and tablet sleeve
- Magazine / document sleeve and internal organization
- Volume: 34L
- Weight: 2.43lbs
One review on the Nebula said that it falls short because it doesn't quite know what it is, a reference to the lack of interior organization. That to me is its biggest strength. I have stuff sacks and smaller bags to organize my gear so I can easily transfer these items between packs without having to dig through a bunch of smaller compartments. The main (middle zipper) and front compartment hold all of these easily. The two small lined pockets (exterior and main compartment interior) are perfect for small items that stay with the bag (phone charger, small BT earbuds, compass, etc.) and quick access transient items like sunglasses. The front mesh stretch pocket is great for things like hats or buffs, and the side pocket can handle a decent sized water bottle around 3 inches diameter. Finally, the laptop compartment is massive! In addition to a standard size 17" laptop, you can get a hydration bladder (and yes there is a hose port on the top), notebooks, books, or another tablet.
My only real Con is that the compression straps hinder the zippers, so to fully unzip the compartments, you have to go around the straps or detach them completely.
Just FYI, a daily gear list - 17" laptop and charger; 2L hydration bladder; small BT speaker; electronics bag with large headphones, external HD, cables, etc.; packable rain jacket; small cooler bag; 4 stuff sacks of varying sizes that carry office supplies, first aid kit, hiking stuff, etc.; water bottle, hat, buff,
Beware of the temptation to carry more than you need simply because more will fit in this all-swallowing pack.
I have an older version of this pack (one with a buckle closure for the shove-pocket). The downside of the older version is that the side bottle pockets are too short, and bottles annoyingly jump out. The new version of the pack appears to have much deeper pockets AND a much nicer back panel (rigid, with air channels). The downside of the newer version is that the organization pocket lacks the wonderful zippered, internal security pocket and the pen sleeves found in the old version. Worse, the new version only has a single zipper pull for the organization pocket. That would be a HUGE inconvenience. I am hard on day packs, and even though I bought my Nebula used, and it shows abrasion wear, I expect to get several more years of use from it.
If you do not carry a laptop, you can use the laptop sleeve to hold a hydration bag; there is a pass-through for the hose (this is thoughtfully covered to keep rain out). And the carry handle is broad and well-padded, unlike the painfully thin handles that one often finds on day bags.
I don't normally like orange, but the orange color looks amazing in person and the blue contrasts are also very eye-pleasing.
The straps are SOFT now unlike the ones on my older nebula. Easy to wear with a tanktop or shirtless. The side pockets are deeper which is a great change.
There are 2 changes from my old bag that I don't like though.
1. The zipper on the outer compartment is one way instead of two-way. I far, far prefer having 2 zippers on that compartment which I access a lot.
2. Inside of that compartment there used to be an inner zipper pocket which has been deleted, along with some pen holders. That one isn't really a big deal, but I do miss that pocket sometimes.
All in all, this is a fantastic bag and it will hold a BIG laptop securely, plus zip wide open to show it when going through airport security. But it's also fantastic for day to day use, including beach days. Water bottles go in the laptop area, towels, clothes, etc go in the middle spot with room to spare, and small items go in the outer pocket. Great every day bag.
I used it for a few years as my commuter bag to take the train to work with my computer, gym clothes, night school books, etc. It handled everything. It's also just big enough for weekend trips as a carry-on bag when traveling light.
In 2019 I went solo traveling abroad, and I just couldn't leave my Nebula at home. I strapped it to the outside of my Aether 70, and to my surprise, it worked!!! I traveled the world and used my Nebula as my day bag when I could leave my large bag in a safe location. It was perfect. It has room for water bottles, it expands to fit extra gear, and collapses when empty for storage. It's very versatile.
One con is that it started to wear away through the fabric on the inner back side near my belt. It still works, but it looks weird like it has been sanded down.
I definitely recommend the 2017 version, not sure what has been updated, but I wouldn't change much.